At this point, however, it’s not clear what’s happening and why these apps are no longer available on Android Auto, but some believe a recent update might have broken down the support for Google’s app. Both WhatsApp and Messenger are owned by Facebook.
While at this point the problem doesn’t seem to be very widespread, users on Google’s forums claim the apps don’t show in the customize launcher menu either, so in theory, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger no longer support Android Auto at all.
Google has already chimed in, asking for phone logs from the affected users, all in an attempt to determine what exactly is happening and figure out whether a fix is needed or not.
In the meantime, Google is already working on giving the finishing touches to a new Android Auto version, with the release projected to happen in the coming days. But of course, don’t expect any big changes at this point, as the next Android Auto update is very likely to land with smaller changes under the hood, as the focus is most likely on improving the overall performance and fixing some bugs.
But on the other hand, this doesn’t necessarily mean Google isn’t working on bigger changes for Android Auto. For example, it’s been discovered the search giant is developing a connection troubleshooter for Android Auto users, essentially assisting users as they struggle to fix the app whenever they hit connection problems caused by either bad cables or other reasons.